Some women have labia minora that droop. This can cause discomfort and pain while doing everyday activities, and it can also make a woman feel self-conscious in intimate settings or while wearing certain types of clothing.
Many people who experience these issues consider labiaplasty surgery but worry about whether or not it is a safe procedure. Surgery can be an intimidating concept, especially when it is centered around such an intimate region.
What Is a Labiaplasty?
A labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that trims the overhanging labia, thereby reducing length. This keeps them within the outer labia majora, providing relief from the discomfort experienced from the pulling of the excess tissue that can occur while engaging in a number of activities.
Labiaplasty: The Procedure
When performed by an experienced and skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, labiaplasty is typically quite safe. It involves the use of anesthesia and is performed with a high degree of precision and care.
The most common and popular type of labiaplasty is trimming, where the extra hanging tissue is removed and the remaining tissue is carefully sewn up.
Another option is the wedge procedure, where a pie-slice-shaped section of tissue is removed, thereby maintaining the natural border. The extra tissue of the clitoral hood can also be reduced.
The incisions used for these techniques are closed with the help of absorbable sutures, which will not need to be removed.
Labiaplasty: The Recovery Period
Temporary swelling and itching are two common issues experienced after labiaplasty. Swelling peaks in two to three days and then reduces over time. Itching is common in the first week.
If itching continues with no sign of relief, contact Dr. Ceydeli, as it could be an infection or an allergic reaction to medication. After the first week following labiaplasty surgery, the swelling, pain, and itching should have reduced considerably.
The stitches are usually absorbed or dissolved. They are typically gone in three to four weeks. Once the stitches dissolve, any scar tissue may become firm and hard before softening in the following months.
Since the labia minora have a lot of natural folds and wrinkles, any post-surgical marks present will blend naturally in the folds.
Avoid strenuous activities during your recovery period, as these can negatively affect the healing process. Use cold compresses and ice packs to ease any discomfort from swelling.
You can return to an active lifestyle two to four weeks after the procedure. You can resume intercourse and wear tampons after about four to six weeks. While most of the initial swelling should be gone in six weeks, some residual swelling may take up to six months to subside.
These timelines are an approximation. Generally, the trim procedure heals quicker than the wedge procedure. Be sure to check with Dr. Ceydeli before resuming any activities, and schedule regular appointments to assess healing.
Schedule a Labiaplasty Consultation to Learn More
Studies by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that an increasing number of women are opting for labiaplasty for cosmetic and functional reasons. It is effective, long lasting, and safe, and recovery is quick and uncomplicated.
If labiaplasty feels right for your needs, it’s time to arrange a consultation with Dr. Adil Ceydeli by contacting our office. Dr. Ceydeli is a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience and will be happy to answer your questions.